We all know how the basic trajectory of a marriage proposal goes down: Man gets down on bended knee, woman throws her hands up in shock before she accepts, and so begins the couple's happily ever after. But it's 2017, and romantic norms are finally seeing some variation — it isn't uncommon for women to propose to men these days.
Of course, this isn't to say that heterosexual couples haven't been flouting tradition since people first started telling each other how to live their lives. In fact, there's even a cultural loophole set in place for that exact purpose. According to old European beliefs, February 29 is the one day of the year where women are encouraged to propose to their loved ones. Unfortunately, this date only takes place every four years, so it's not exactly convenient. However, some women don't need some arbitrary date chosen for them. They'll take matters into their own hands, thank you very much.
Even today, it's still not quite routine for women to flip the script and propose to male partners, but it's becoming more culturally acceptable. Presumably, this loosening of a previously rigid tradition is what led Reddit user q-uantum to ask, "Men who have been proposed to by their girlfriends, how did they do it? And how did you feel about it?"
The answers speak volumes about gender norms and cultural traditions; some men felt threatened by being put in a traditionally feminine role, while others didn't mind in the least. As a whole, it's fascinating stuff. Here are the highlights from the post, which you can read in its entirety on r/AskReddit.